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Behind thin walls contested spaces and spheres of authority in late eighteenth-century copenhagen

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  • Camilla Schjerning

Informed by court materials, this chapter traces conflicts over space and place and looks at what constituted transgressions and violations of private spaces. It discusses how the patterns of gender intersected with other socio-economical patterns in the Nyboder area of Copenhagen, home to a large naval community and, in many ways, a city within the city. Space was scarce and walls thin, and Nyboder was a scene of recurring conflict. The chapter argues that, particularly in places where private space was physically scarce, people were occupied with upholding a different form of private space connected to a sphere of authority and autonomy. Whereas the physical private space was often conceived of as primarily female, the space of authority was in many respects seen as male, although cases show that in practice these distinctions were often blurred. The case of Nyboder shows how the physical characteristics of certain neighbourhoods intersected with the specific social and gendered topography created by the militarization of the city, and how this intersection not only gave rise to conflicts over space and authority, but also shaped and reflected the experience of identity and community within the city.

TitelGendering Spaces in European Towns, 1500-1914
Antal sider16
ForlagTaylor & Francis
ISBN (Trykt)9780415716987
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781317976493
StatusUdgivet - 2019

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